BETTY MCALLISTER

BETTY MCALLISTER

SCOTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR & BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

No trip to the Barras would be complete without a visit to one of the numerous seafood shops around the market, to purchase whelks, mussels and clappy doos (bigger version of mussel). This Bain Street outlet was owned by local woman Betty McAllister who is monitoring the staff and customers from the rear of the shop. Betty was a well-known character in Calton, working hard serving the community and campaigning for all manner of causes. In 1980 she received the British Empire Medal and four years later was named as 'Scotswoman of the Year' by the Evening Times. In 1988 Betty encountered Margaret Thatcher who was visiting the Templeton Business Centre and told her 'you can stick the poll tax where the sun don't shine'. Betty passed away in 2009 aged 78.